Play, seriousness and solemnity

Jake Cook profiles a couple of the folks at IDEO and concludes that Big innovation lives right on the edge of ridiculous ideas. They cite Stewart Brown’s idea that the opposite of play is not work, but boredom or even depression. I also liked the idea of play as a visceral form of learning.

I think you can play with very serious issues. Play may be the most serious way to tackle them because it might free us from the blind spots that keep us stuck. To those who harrumph at this, I suggest there’s a big difference between being serious and merely solemn.

Hat tip: David Terrar for this tweet

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